By Vera Opene
Chairman, Ugborodo Administrative Committee, UAC, Warri South -West Local Government Area, Delta State, Mr. Jolomi Metseagharun, has called for the probe the role of Secretary to Delta the State Government, SSG, Mr Ovie Agas functionary in crisis across Itsekiri riverine communities, particularly in Ugborodo, by constituting illegal administrative committees in the area.
Speaking on last Wednesday’s bloody clash in Delgele community, where about 16 indigenes were critically wounded in fight between youths loyal to the local administrative committee and the one reportedly inaugurated by the government, Metseagharun, noted that these were avoidable crises.
Reacting to the allegation, Mr Agas, dismissed the allegations as senseless, baseless and laughable, stating that government does not have anything to do with composition of committees on behalf of any ethnic groups in the state, as it was the prerogative of the communities to do so within the armpits of the law guiding such community and their people.
Agas warned those castigating and attempting to malign the name of the state government to score cheap political point to desist from such an act, as the government was never interested in promoting seed of discord that will lead to brothers taking up arms against their kinsmen in any community.
He said it was the desire of any responsible government to ensure that every community lives in peace and harmony so that the desired development will reach every part of the state.
Meanwhile, Metseagharun had accused top government official of deliberately causing disaffections among kinsmen and inciting crises in the riverine communities, stressing the need for the SSG to be call to order if the state government was sincere about putting a permanent end to the ongoing carnage among kinsmen in Itsekiri land.
He appealed to the Federal Government to investigate Agas, with the view of finding out why he allegedly incited indigenes of Ugborodo and other Itsekiri communities against one another, adding that it had become clear very clear that the aim and bjective was to perpetually oppress the indigenes who are predominately members of All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state.